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Speeding and aggressive driving tickets on the rise in Arizona

Most of us spend a fair amount of time driving on roadways in the Phoenix area. We probably have been in a situation where we are keeping up with traffic around us, only to see a car approaching rapidly from behind. We may need to move over to let this vehicle pass, while it continues to travel at speeds well above the posted limits for the road that we are on.

Unfortunately, the number of drivers who are speeding and making other aggressive moves is on the rise. A recent report by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety examined traffic ticket data in Arizona. This post discusses their findings, as well as some of the potential impact that the increase in these tickets means for drivers in the state.

What the numbers show

The report looked at traffic tickets in 2014 and 2016 that were issued to motorists across the state. In 2014, over 15,500 speeding tickets were written by law enforcement officers. In 2016, that number increased to over 16,800, which is an increase of almost 10 percent. Aggressive driving tickets increased as well, from around 380 in 2014 to over 520 in 2016.

The reason that officials wanted to examine the ticket data is because there has been an increase in the number of fatal accidents on Arizona roads over the same time period. There were over 150 more fatal accidents in 2016 than in 2014.

What this means for you

As the statistics show, roadways in the state are becoming much more dangerous for all users. Law enforcement isn’t going to be able to stop every bad driver before they cause an accident. If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, there may be nothing you can do to avoid being in a crash.

If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, you should consult an experienced attorney to discuss your claims for compensation. An attorney can provide you with an analysis of your options, and also represent you in negotiations with insurance companies.

You may not have any idea what your claims are worth, so it is important that you work with someone who is going to protect your interests at all times. Insurance companies are not going to be on your side, and will do everything that they can to avoid paying you the full value of your claims.

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